How do I sum up the funky, artistic, 60’s, vintage aesthetic? How do I sum up… Otis Redding music oozing through the speaker.
‘These Arms Of Mine’. Otis’s voice, combined with the wine, had me melting into a soul puddle on the 120 year old farmhouse hardwood floors. Cleanup on aisle ‘Divine Grenache’. How do I sum up… Crossing my legs while sitting in red-velvet, antique, theater seats from London. Surrounded by Grateful Dead paraphernalia and albums.
How do I sum up… Sitting across from a haunting painting. A painting that is on every label. A blonde beauty. Sexy intrigue and sophistication. Pensively seducing her wine glass in deep thought. How do I sum up… the Coturri’s. Phil Coturri. Legendary viticulturist. Pioneer in organic farming. A man who has single handedly contributed to what is high quality Sonoma Valley Wine. I love this quote about Phil: Born with the cultural palate of Italian immigrants, weaned on the music and ethos of San Fran in the 60’s, and planted deep into the rocky hillsides of Sonoma Valley. His son, Sam Coturri. Who poetically said during my tasting:
We are about capturing time and place in a bottle that lasts a generation. A tasting experience that stands out with exceptional wines.
A winery that seriously needs to be on everyone’s radar. Be on the lookout for their Vinyl Sunday. Music, food truck eats and wine!
More Important Info:
Located on First Street in downtown Sonoma not far from the town square.
Tasting is in a non assuming small 120 year old farm house.
Phil Coturri, a pioneer of organic, biodynamic, and dry farming, has a fan club.
He’s defined by his Italian Immigrant culture,
And the music and ethos of San Francisco he experienced in the 60’s.
Phil’s friend, Stanley Mouse, the 60’s album cover artist, is responsible for their wine label.
A striking label of a somber, contemplative woman looking at and touching a wine glass.
If you are a fan of the 60’s music scene…
The tasting room decor is pure 60’s music inspired, with posters and memrobelia .
Sit down tastings by Appointment Only, and allow 1 to 1.5 hrs.
$35 pp tasting fee.
Enjoy some local bread and artisan cheese while vinyl records play.
Wine prices average $65
Grenache, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, a Grenache/Syrah blend (L ‘Hommage a Galet)
You May Not Know:
Their philosophy that guides production: “Let the soil sing through the vines.”
Phil Coturri’s Sixteen 600 estate vineyard, 1000 ft elevation, the Moon Mountain District.
Dos Limones vineyard is the Sonoma Mountain AVA.
Severson Vineyard near the Petaluma Gap AVA.
L’Hommage a Galet is just below Moon Mountain District.
Phil met Arden, his wife picking grapes.
They picked two bins of grapes that afternoon
The rest is history.
Sam Coturri, Phil’s son, is a storyteller and excellent wine tasting host.